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Robbery victimisation

Crime facts info no. 150

ISSN 1445-7288
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2007

Males are more likely to be victims of robbery in every age group and overall are three times more likely to be a robbery victim than females. The Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) annual publication Recorded crime, victims, Australia presents statistics on incidents of victimisation for a selected range of offences recorded by police over the preceding year. Robbery includes armed and unarmed robbery and includes the use, or threatened use of force or violence. The following data refer to personal victims only and do not include organisations as victims; therefore totals are considerably lower than for robbery generally. Those aged 15 to 24 have the highest risk of being a victim of robbery for both males and females. Amongst 15 to 19 year olds there were 408 male and 84 female robbery victims per 100,000 relevant population. The comparable figures for those aged 20 to 24 years were 317 for males and 106 for females. Leaving aside those aged 0 to 9 years, older Australians aged 65 or older had the lowest risk of being a victim regardless of gender.

Australian robbery victims, 2006, by age groupa

Robbery victimisation by gender and age

a: Per 100,000 population

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007

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